My friend, work colleague and cousin by marriage, Ross Lazar, who has died aged 72 of cancer, was a psychotherapist and organisational consultant who spread British psychoanalytic ideas across Europe. A central part of his career lay in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and its associated observational studies. But in parallel he also developed a second strand working with groups and organisations.

Born to Jack, a businessman, and Pearl (nee Wachs), a legal secretary, in New Jersey, Ross came to Britain in the early 1970s to train at the Tavistock Clinic in London, where the Kleinian school of psychoanalysis – grounded in the observation of infants, children and families – had been established.

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